Princess Hassa bint Salman, the sister of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is going to face trial in Paris next month for allegedly ordering her bodyguard to beat up a workman in the French capital, sources revealed on Wednesday.
The case came forward after an alleged assault in her apartment on the ultra-expensive Avenue Foch in West Paris in September 2016. The source said that the trial is due to be judged on July 9.
In a statement, the victim said that he was hired to carry out some redecoration work at Princess Hassa’s apartment. The man took a picture of her and she became angry accusing him of wanting to sell it to the media.
He alleged that the 40-year-old princess ordered the bodyguard to beat him up. Le Point magazine reported that the princess shouted, “Kill him, the dog, he doesn’t deserve to live”.
The workman said he was tortured brutally and that the bodyguard punched him in the face after tying his hands. After the painful torture, he was forced to kiss the princess’s feet. His tools were snatched from him before allowing him to leave.
Sources said that his wounds were so severe that he could not work for the next eight days. On October 1, 2016, the bodyguard was charged with armed violence, theft, issuing death threats and holding someone against their will.
Princess Hassa is admired in the Saudi media for her charity work and women’s rights campaigning. The sister of Prince Mohammed, one of the most powerful leaders in the Middle East.
Her brother and the Crown Prince of Saudi, Mohammed bin Salman is also facing diplomatic crisis since the murder of journalists Jamal Khashoggi who was a fierce critic. He was murdered in October last year at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.